The English language test can now be undertaken from home or at a test centre.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced it will let overseas nurses undertake language testing from home.
Overseas qualified nurses, midwives, and nursing associates who want to join the UK register have to meet English language standards.
This can be done either through either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Occupational English Test (OET), or a pre-registration nurse, midwife or nursing associate qualification which was taught and examined in English.
The OET will now offer candidates the option to take their test from home, using their own computer. The [email protected] test will use the same format and material as those taken at test centres.
Emma Broadbent, Director of Professional Regulation for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said: “Overseas nursing and midwifery professionals are an essential and valued part of the UK workforce, so I am pleased we are able to offer greater flexibility for candidates to demonstrate they meet our English language standards.”
The OET says that the new approach will give candidates more choice.
Sujata Stead, Chief Executive Officer of the OET, said: “I am delighted that the NMC will accept OET results from OET on computer at test venues and at home.
“The past six months have been challenging for OET nurses world-wide and having a multi-modal approach to test delivery with paper based and computer based testing at venues and home will give them greater choice, convenience and the confidence to achieve their dreams of working in the United Kingdom.
“The pandemic has further highlighted the need for foreign-educated nurses with the communication skills in English to provide high quality and safe care, and we at OET look forward to facilitating their integration into the UK workforce.”